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emetophobes, it's that time of year :(

(495 Posts)
devilinside Mon 07-Oct-13 09:31:28

First bucket sighting at school this morning. My sister had norovirus last week after attending a party where some selfish buggers thought it was acceptable to bring along a vomiting toddler. Most of the other guests got the bug including an elderly man. Feel free to add your rants and worries here.

TobyLerone Mon 07-Oct-13 09:34:43

We've all got our antiviral hand gel at the ready! Probably won't make a blind bit of difference, but it makes me feel better.

devilinside Mon 07-Oct-13 09:49:30

www.emetophobiahelp.org/norovirus.html
here for anyone who hasn't seen it. May help to put your mind at rest

TobyLerone Mon 07-Oct-13 11:36:51

That link is brilliant smile

CakeInMyFace Mon 07-Oct-13 20:53:35

Hi can someone tell me where I can get anti viral hand gel? I've only ever seen antibacterial stuff and I know that doesn't work against noro. Had it two years ago but avoided it last year so I reckon will get it again this winter! Must be diligent...

idiot55 Mon 07-Oct-13 20:57:42

Im here, signing in, for another year.

Antiviral hand gel is purell.

Google purell anti viral, f a few companies stock it now.

I caused a fallout by telling a mum at school to obey the 48 hour rule!! Didnt go down well.

Last week i survived my daughter being in a vomiting virus ridden childrens ward for two days, cant believe we survived!

idiot55 Mon 07-Oct-13 21:03:37

Just read a bit in that article about virusolve, i ant work out does it kill noro? Anyone know

TobyLerone Mon 07-Oct-13 21:25:10

Milton hand gel is also antiviral. They sell it in Sainsbury's. Or amazon.

Boots also have Milton, £1.99 a bottle I think it is.

monikar Tue 08-Oct-13 12:50:52

I read somewhere that not only should you wash your hands frequently when you think you have been in contact with a vomiting bug, but also your face and the faces of your DC, as the droplets can stick to the face. I think it is best to use disposable wipes for this. DD had vomiting over the summer and I did this and didn't catch it.

JudithOfThePiece Tue 08-Oct-13 13:19:21

God, this thread is good timing - thank you!

I have been doing quite well with my anxiety recently, but over the last day or two I have started to feel panicky about all of this again. Then I feel nauseous because of that and that makes me worry more, and so the cycle continues! I'm guessing that everyone on this thread knows exactly what I'm talking about!

That link is brilliant. I definitely feel a bit calmer after reading that.

TobyLerone Tue 08-Oct-13 14:11:59

That link has helped me no end. Seriously. I wish I'd read it years ago.

I hate this time of year, as it is the beginning of six months or so of on-and-off worry. I have three DSs in primary school and it feels as if they are as good as walking among germs.

We haven't had a serious stomach bug hit our house for 3 years now, surely it must be our turn this year. I did read somewhere that some people are genetically immune to norovirus. I've never had it myself (touch wood) although I have had stomach bugs which entailed nearly being sick and lots of the other. I still sit on the point of panic whenever someone tells me about a stomach bug at school.

I'm just glad I'm not the only worrier about this.

ephemeralfairy Tue 08-Oct-13 15:58:03

Yes, good timing! My hands are chapped already from constant washing. Last winter was when my emet really went through the roof and I'm already feeling tense and panicky. Will be good to have a place to worry with others who understand!!

jellyandcake Tue 08-Oct-13 16:08:36

I have AB blood - very much hope it's true that this makes me immune! I am an inveterate nail biter though and this is very good incentive to stop. I hope it's also true that they are close to developing a vaccine for noro, that would be amazing!

20% of Europeans are immune, that's really high. There's hope!

Oh a vaccine would be fantastic.

I'm sat here avoiding work and googling...

That link was great, thank you :-)

I am a recovering emetophobe, I am much much better than I used to be.

leobear Tue 08-Oct-13 21:32:26

It's definitely back, DD threw up all over the sofa before bed

justmuddlingalongsomehow Wed 09-Oct-13 05:04:01

Checking in. Name changed this year but long term resident of this particular sofa!

TobyLerone Wed 09-Oct-13 07:19:40

How is she now, leobear?

DS was sick in the car park on the way to preschool this morning. Nothing since. Is anyone else REALLY unsympathetic when it comes to being sick?
I have had to text a few people to tell them as plans have now changed, and they have all sent lovely messages back about how they hope he is feeling better soon etc. He is absolutely fine now, you wouldn't know it has happened, so I am just sat here feeling annoyed that we are now housebound for two bloody days sad I think it comes from 15 years of being able to stop myself being sick, so it kind of feels like there's no 'excuse' for it, IYSWIM blushblush I hate that I feel like that, but really can't help it sad

MotherOfSoupDragon Wed 09-Oct-13 11:17:07

I hate this time of year, constantly worrying. Dd gets it nearly every year. Hoping things will get better now she's at high school.

leobear Wed 09-Oct-13 16:43:30

DD fine now - must have been a one-off. Sympathy with everyone here, I had this phobia really badly as a child and teen. Am ok now, but I know how awful it is. hmm

DS2's best friend was off on Wed with sickness (described by his mum as 'vomity vomity vomity'), he was back on Thurs (which is less than the 48-hours of the school policy) and I was in school helping with art and he was in my group. So panicking now. I'm also friends with his mum so am dreading getting it this weekend as I'm away. I hate this panic. It's horrible.

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